The representative of Vilnius region Vilda Vaičiūnienė filed a suit against the capital council. The clerkess is going to prove, that decorative, bilingual street plaques which have recently been hung in Vilnius are illegal.
“The council refused to remove the plaques, therefore we turned towards the Vilnius Regional Administrative Court” – informed Vilda Vaičiūnienė. The government representative in Vilnius region considers that, street plaques in languages different than Lithuanian are against the current way of marking the addresses of buildings.
According to Vildy Vaičiūnienė the argument of the Capital Council, that these plaques are decorative and that they serve to honour the history of Vilnius and to stand as a proof of its friendly atmosphere towards other cities, is groundless. “Everything can be somehow explained, but it does not change the real message”- she said.
In Vilnius, there are seven decorative plaques. As the first – in Islandijosstreet street – was hung plaque in Icelandic, it might have been a compliment to Iceland, a first state, which recognized the Lithuania independence. Then were unveiled the plaques in following languages: English at Vašingtono square, Russian in Rusų street, Polish in Varšuvos street, Tatar in Totorių street, German in Vokiečių street and and Yiddish and Hebrew in Žydų street.
Based on: BNS
Tłumaczenie by Aneta Banacka w ramach praktyk w Europejskiej Fundacji Praw Człowieka, www.efhr.eu. Translated by Aneta Banacka within the framework of a traineeship programme of the European Foundation of Human Rights, www.efhr.eu.